South Carolina 79, Western Michigan 66
After losing their opener in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic, the Gamecocks salvaged their trip to Conway with a 2-1 record, beating the Broncos for the second time this week to secure a fifth-place finish in the tournament.
While the Gamecocks got off to a slow start and clung to just a 35-34 lead over Western Michigan at halftime, a big second half powered them to the victory. Forward Chris Silva and guard Wesley Myers led South Carolina with 14 points a piece. Myers, a graduate transfer from Maine, saw his first extended action of the season, coming off the bench to play 27 minutes and going 5-of-9 from the field. Frank Booker (11 points) and Felipe Haase (10) also reached double figures for South Carolina, which shot 46%. Defensively, the Gamecocks forced a season-high 22 turnovers and cashed those in for 28 points, and during one stretch, held Western Michigan without a basket for 8 1⁄2 minutes.
This win also represented a pretty neat milestone: It was Frank Martin’s 100th victory as South Carolina’s head coach.
Up next: The Gamecocks are off for Thanksgiving until Nov. 27, when they hit the road to face Florida International.
No. 4 South Carolina 94, Wofford 60
Another game, another double-double for A’ja Wilson, who has now notched four straight to start the season. Wilson led South Carolina with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks, and five other Gamecocks joined her in double figures: Alexis Jennings (13 points on 5-of-6 shooting), Ty Harris (13), Lindsey Spann (12 points, eight assists), Doniyah Cliney (10), and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan (12 points, seven rebounds). South Carolina also shot an improved 62% from the free-throw line and outrebounded the Terriers 48-27.
Up next: The Gamecocks host Rutgers at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.